Announcing DRI2016 Keynote Speaker: Former National Incident Commander Thad Allen!

Thad Allen PictureDRI is proud to announce the keynote speaker for DRI2016, coming to Atlanta, GA, Mar. 6-9: former National Incident Commander Thad Allen!

During a one-hour session, Allen will engage in a conversational interview on the subjects he views as integral to the profession. This will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A session with the audience.

About the Speaker:

Thad Allen, executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, is known for his expertise in bringing together government and non-government entities to address major challenges in a “whole of government” approach designed to achieve a unity of effort.

In 2010, President Barack Obama selected Allen to serve as the National Incident Commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, DHS, the Departments of Defense, Interior, Commerce, and Health and Human Services, state and local entities, and BP, he sought to bring a unity of effort to response operations.

Allen is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also currently serves as a director on the Coast Guard Foundation and Partnership for Public Service. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him to the New York State Respond Commission, tasked with finding ways to ensure that New York State is ready to respond to future weather-related disasters.

He is a 1971 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University — from which he received the Alumni Achievement Award in 2006. He also holds an M.S. degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Allen has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from George Mason University, the National Defense University, and the National Graduate School.

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